Fly­ing Dan

Ger­man surfer Daniela Mischon be­came an air host­ess so that she could surf more.

Surf Girl - - – Snap Shot – -

I’m a flight at­ten­dant work­ing with Lufthansa and the big­gest pas­sion in my life is surf­ing. Surf­ing is free­dom to me. I’m in love with the waves and when I’m surf­ing noth­ing else mat­ters ex­cept my­self and the ocean. Af­ter col­lege I went to univer­sity and ended up with a de­gree and a job in Event Man­age­ment. It was a good a job but didn’t bring me the joy I crave in my life.

One day I found out Lufthansa was look­ing for flight at­ten­dants and took a chance. That was more than two and half years ago, and I’ve been work­ing for them ever since. For me, work­ing as a flight at­ten­dant means be­ing able to be closer to the waves. In­stead of be­ing away from home, it means be­ing closer to home – be­cause my home is where the waves are. I usu­ally don’t travel with a suit­case; I travel with a board bag.

Be­ing a flight at­ten­dant usu­ally means be­ing ex­hausted and jet-lagged. But I love it be­cause my job gives me back so much free­dom. I’m al­lowed to go surf­ing dur­ing my lay­overs. For ex­am­ple, I took my surf­board with me to New York City, then took the sub­way to the beach and went surf­ing for a cou­ple of hours be­fore fly­ing home. I also get a lot more of my own time than in most jobs, so I’m able to go on a pri­vate surf trip al­most ev­ery month. I have al­ready surfed in Bali, the Mal­dives, Por­tu­gal, the Philip­pines, Spain, Panama, NYC and Cal­i­for­nia – and there are still so many more places on my list.

I travel the world as a surf­ing flight at­ten­dant and as a fly­ing surfer girl. But I also travel the world as a girl who loves her life and who is liv­ing a dream.

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